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Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism: Bringing Theory Back In

by Paul James SAGE Publications Ltd
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`Paul James has written a magnificent account of the world+óÔé¼Ôäós current condition, one that highlights the complexities and contradictions with which people, communities, and nations must contend and that does so in a compelling and creative style. Stressing the interaction between global and local forces, his writing style is lively and compelling as well as peppered with a wide range of citations, from

PART ONE: RETURNING TO A THEORY OF SOCIAL FORMATION Social Relations in Tension Contending Approaches in Outline Theory in the Shadow of Terror PART TWO: RETHINKING FORMATIONS OF PRACTICE AND BEING Constituting Customary Community Communication and Exchange, Money and Writing Time and Space, Calendars and Maps Bodies and Symbols, Blood and Milk PART THREE: REWRITING THE HISTORY OF THE PRESENT State Formation From Kingdoms and Empires to Nation-States Nation Formation From the Medieval to the Postmodern Global Formation From the Oecumene to Planet Exploitation Conclusion Principles for a Postnational World

"Drawing on sociology, political theory, anthropology, and history, James provides a compelling theoretical framework for understanding the current tension between polity and community. A significant contribution to the globalization literature. Good notes and references."
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology